Kevin Gall was replaced by Andrejs Stolcers at half time and it didn't take too long for Scunthorpe's lead
to be wiped out as Yeovil attacked the Westland end. Bartosz Tarachulski was fouled by Scunny captain Andy
Crosby on the edge of the box, and up stepped Lee JOHNSON to drive the ball low and hard and via
a slight deflection into the back of the net for his 10th goal of the season.
Andy Crosby tried to break the world record for the slowest departure from a football pitch when he was
replaced by Cliff Byrne and that attitude was surprising as Scunthorpe had shown that they were clearly good
enough to go for all three points. After Phil Jevons had blasted a shot over the bar, new arrival Byrne was
given too much space at the other end to get in his own shot as Scunthorpe attempted to take a strangehold on
The game was by this time taking on a curious shape. Scunthorpe had most of the possession, most of
the territory and were building up pass-after-pass, frustrating the Huish Park crowd who were witnessing
the sort of midfield play normally associated with their own team. Fortunately, the end product was lacking
a touch, occasionally allowing the Glovers to break up field. Although the Yeovil attacks were rarer, they
were more incisive, and Phil Jevons three times had chances to put Yeovil ahead - a flicked header wide, another
header straight into Musselwhite's arms from six yards, and a scuffed shot that went wide.
Bartosz Tarachulski was yellow-carded for getting physical with Scunthorpe's Lee Ridley in an aerial
challenge, and three minutes later Andy Butler went down clutching his face claiming Bartosz had elbowed him.
The shameful thing was that there was clear daylight between the two players, and thankfully despite referee
Stroud continuing to have a stinker of a game, he wasn't fooled by the Scunthorpe defender. For all those
who accuse Yeovil of "going down too easily" - I wonder how much oxygen you'll give to a bit of attempted
deception that could have cost Yeovil dear? Not a lot I fear!
Gary Johnson seemed to be already warming up Rory Fallon for his debut in the lead-up to that and Bartosz was
swiftly replaced. Scunthorpe were still the side with the edge though and Michael Rose became the second Yeovil
defender to clear his own goal-line, ending up in the back of the net as he headed the ball clear.
One last roll of the dice, as Sir Gary bravely switched formations with 10 minutes to go. Substituting
the substitute is hardly the done thing, but Andrejs Stolcers was sacrificed as Kevin Amankwaah came on with
Yeovil changing to a 3-4-3 formation that was to alter the face of the game as Johnson went for the jugular -
Arron Davies moving into a forward position.
Phil Jevons tangled with a Scunthorpe defender on the edge of the penalty box and ended up in a heap on the
floor appealing for a penalty as a throughball bounced through. There were only two decisions possible - a goal kick
or a penalty. Mr Stroud continued to follow his own path by signalling for a corner, and when Lee Johnson's
set piece was sent in towards the near post, Rory FALLON came running in like a steam train for
what can only be described as a "get the hell out of my way header" to belt the ball into the back of the net.
Had any Scunthorpe player tried to get in his way they would have ended up in the back of the net with the ball,
and Scunthorpe's players ran out towards both linesman and referee, furious with the decision to award the goal.
Laws was later to claim that Fallon had made a "blatant push on (the) goalkeeper" but Fallon's header came
before he connected with Musselwhite's body. Perhaps a better argument would have been for the corner to have
never been given in the first place ...
Four minutes later, and the game was over. Fallon turned provider and set away Arron DAVIES. Now
playing in a more advanced role, he grabbed the ball inside his own half, cut away from a Scunthorpe defender,
then unleashed an unstoppable 30 yard screamer that Musselwhite could only watch in disbelief, holding his
head in his hands as he realised just how quickly Scunthorpe's grip on the match had been lost. Does the
Yeovil Town Goal of the Season debate need to be taken any further than the strike by Davies?
Scunthorpe surged forward in desperation more than in hope, but after Paul HAYES had put wide one chance to
reduce the arrears, five minutes into injury time, the striker grabbed his second of the night, converting from
close range from another set-piece after Scott Guyett had fouled on the edge of the box.
Another minute later - where did Stroud get all that time added on from? - and two more 60 yard punts to
Yeovil's back post, the final whistle blew, and Yeovil had won an astonishing match at Huish Park. Scunthorpe
truly played their part, and based on the two matches between the two sides this season, they surely deserve
to stay in the position they are in the table. For the Glovers though, the "comfort zone" Gary Johnson told his
players to go out and get is building up nicely, and with Scunthorpe travelling to Swansea on Saturday they
could make that gap bigger by coming back from Grimsby with a win this coming Saturday.
MOTM Vote Result:
Overall match rating: 8.2 / 10
59 votes received.
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